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Aldo Parisot leads the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos

Aldo Parisot conducting the Yale Cellos

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm.

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded thirty-four years ago in a diverse program of music from the Baroque to present day, including the world premiere of "Parisot," a three-movement work written for the Yale Cellos by Yale faculty composer Martin Bresnick.

The concert will open with an arrangement for four cellos of Scott Joplin's famous ragtime masterpiece, The Entertainer, followed by Chang Pan, one of Parisot's most gifted students, performing a movement from Shostakovich's first cello concert.

Next, the full ensemble will take the stage to perform three Baroque works: J. S. Bach's famous Air (often referred to as "Air on the G string"); Sarabande from his Suite No. 6 in D major; and Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G minor.

Martin Bresnick, composer

After intermission, Mr. Parisot will lead the Cellos in the world premiere of Parisot by Martin Bresnick, professor of composition and coordinator of the composition department at YSM. Bresnick described the piece as "a musical portrait or temporal revelation of my dear friend and admired colleague, Aldo Parisot. The work is in three movements, each named for attributes of the great cellist and teacher or, as in the second, 'Parallels,' our shared musical path."

The program will conclude with J.S. Bach's soaring Chaconne in D minor, from his second violin partita, arranged for cello ensemble. Composer Johannes Brahms said that the piece contains "a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings," and violinist Joshua Bell described the work as "not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history."

One of the unique and colorful features of Yale Cellos concerts is the display of over one-hundred paintings and drawings by Aldo Parisot. The works are presented on a large, high-definition screen suspended over the stage both before the concert and during intermission.

The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, students $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.